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Post Views: 227 Have a Passion for Local History? The Mr. Local History Project is ALWAYS looking out for those who want to take an entrepreneurial approach toward history. We are an extremely social group that wants to incorporate those who make a difference by doing! We try, we win, we fail, we learn, and we try again. Some of our ideas work, and some don’t. But we’re always trying to find new ways to share local history. Want to get involved? Drop us a note and lets talk. or…

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The Basking Ridge Christmas Eve Community Sing

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Post Views: 9,749 Live and in Person – Be On the Green in Basking Ridge Village – Dec. 24 @6:55pm – We sing promptly at 7:00!!!!!! Every year on December 24th for 98 years starting promptly at 7pm on what’s known as “The Green”, residents, families, friends, and guests in Basking Ridge, New Jersey gather for less than 20 minutes to sing Christmas carols, wish good tidings, then move on to their personal family traditions. Church bells begin ringing at about 6:45pm. 10 songs are sung and the caroling ends…

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History of the Basking Ridge Fire Company and the Town Christmas Tree

Post Views: 3,175 Every year the Basking Ridge Fire Company accepts a large evergreen tree donated by a local resident or business. The all volunteer Basking Ridge Fire Company members take responsibility for cutting the tree down and placing it on the village green in Basking Ridge center. Firefighters and volunteers also decorate the tree for the holidays, relying on fire equipment to reach the top. The Fire Company will arrive to down the tree, clean up afterward, and transport the tree away in a couple of hours. The traditional…

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Holiday Greeting Cards Scream Local

The Mr. Local History Project Holiday Cards

Post Views: 298 Join the community on December 4th in Bernardsville and Basking Ridge as they kick off the holiday season as the Mr. Local History Project is donating over 500 limited edition holiday cards to the community at Saturday’s Basking Ridge tree lighting and the Bernardsville Holiday Parade. Printed by Bernardsville Print Center’s Rich Steinberg, there are two versions of the Mr. Local History Project holiday card; one for Basking Ridge and one for Bernardsville. The card symbolizes the local holidays in the area, bringing all the chance to…

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Tis the Season – Two Trees that Will Warm Your Heart

Giving Back -Community Tree 2021 Basking Ridge NJ

Post Views: 614 What better way to give back to our hometown then to give not just one, but TWO trees to the community. The Mr. Local History elves present our 2021 editions called the “Tooth Fairy Tree” and “His-TREES” both on full display in Bernards Township now thru the end of the year. Write a wish, to the world. Hang on the tree for all to see.Take a Tooth Box that’s hanging there,A Tooth Fairy gift, and yes it’s FREE.#toothfairytree2021 A bad Rhyme, but you get the idea right?…

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The Holiday History Boutique is Open

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Post Views: 599 The 2021 edition of the Mr Local History Holiday Boutique is OPEN. Give the gift of locally made limited edition keepsakes and collectibles to give or to decorate your home. Your purchases go towards funding our annual scholarship fund and to support the great programs we provide to the community each year. As always – Support local! Shop Local. Support the Mr. Local History non-profit efforts with a gift of “Local.” All the items below are limited edition and when they sell out they are gone!’ Click…

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Colonial Christmas Holidays in Bedminster

Colonial Christmas at the Jacobus Vanderveer House

Post Views: 2,529 The historic Vanderveer House in Bedminster celebrates the holiday season with Colonial Christmas in 2021. Who likes history? Who likes Christmas? There’s an event that’s been going on just after Thanksgiving for 16 years at a beautifully restored colonial home in Bedminster, New Jersey. The event is called Colonial Christmas and it’s time to recognize what a great event it is. Called the Jacobus Vanderveer House (pronounced  Jake-O- Bus Vander Veer – it’s a Dutch thing), has transformed into one of the most beautifully restored revolutionary war era federal homes in America. But it’s…

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December 13 – The Day that Altered American History Happened in Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Post Views: 2,651 If it wasn’t for this event, the world might have had a different look. Basking Ridge, New Jersey’s most famous Incident occurred at about noon time on December 13,1776. General Charles Lee (1731-1782), was “alarmed” by Major Wilkinson while he was writing a letter to General Gates about George Washington in an upstairs bedroom of the Widow White’s Tavern. Widow White’s Tavern, named after Ebenezer White’s wife Mary Brown White, became the centerpiece of Revolutionary War history on that day, because It was on this most unfortunate…

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Retrospective: Winter as a Kid on Cranford’s Rahway River

Post Views: 851 Childhood Winters in Cranford, New Jersey Or as I like to say “Memories from the Frozen Venice of New Jersey.” Retrospective: As a writer for New Jersey’s Mr. Local History Project I recently wrote about skating on a pond in Westfield. But what I didn’t tell those readers is that I was really a closet Cranford resident as the son of the owner of the Cranford Canoe Club. That story led to my winter trips over to the Canoe Club to skate on the Rahway River. I…

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Peapack Ski Tow -Ski Areas We’ve Lost in New Jersey

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Post Views: 605 The Peapack Ski Tow was One of the First Ski Businesses in New Jersey At one time, New Jerseyans had their pick of a dozen or so smaller hills where beginners could get a feel for the sport and more experience skiers could sneak away for a few quick runs and still be home for dinner. Lift? who needs a lift when you have a ski tow. You know, the rope tied to a motor with a wooden dish to put between your legs to pull you…

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Retrospective: Winter as a Kid on Westfield’s Mindowaskin Pond

Mindowaskin Park Skating Memories - Westfield NJ

Post Views: 840 One of the best memories growing up in Westfield New Jersey was winter skating on an iconic pond that sat adjacent to the Municipal Building just east off the town center. What is now a distant memory, this post not only serves to share a few memories, but to also build an online tribute photo gallery for the by the community to view and share (we”ll talk more about that later). Being fortunate to grow up within walking distance from town, the winter was a special time…

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Origins of Cold as Balls and Cold as a Witch’s Teet

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Post Views: 22,091 Someone asked the question “Where did the term cold as balls come from and why do they say it?” That got us to thinking about another saying, Cold as a Witch’s tit. We had our mission. Man It’s Cold as Balls! Cold as balls is an interesting term. My daughter even says it! You hear it all the time but most guys then respond with; “My balls aren’t cold, so what the heck does cold as balls mean?” Cold as balls as it’s referred to in the…

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SHOP LOCAL – Small Business Saturday is Everyday!

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Post Views: 1,106 The Mr. Local History Project is probably the “smallest of small businesses” and needs your support. We have great gifts that bring fun and memorable local history to all! Please consider #justoneitem. It makes a big difference and shows you care. ALL of our historic keepsake items are available in our local online store. Basking Ridge Village “Christmas Eve Singalong” Holiday Cards NEW!!!! Bernardsville Town Green Holiday Cards Wooden Iconic historic keepsakes from Cats Meow Brick Academy, Boudinout House, Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church and Oak Tree, Blairsden,…

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The originating founders of the non-profit Mr. Local History Project

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